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This is totally within my wheelhouse. For all intents and purposes, there is no such thing as "talent." It's better to think of talent as a subjective opinion someone gives (I.e. "you're so talented!").
Nearly everything is a skill because humans learn by modeling or trial and error. Skills are built via mental representations. Artistic endeavors are skills because anyone can do them and improve immensely.
I encourage you to read Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise by K.Anders Ericsson.
The moral of the story is that no one is innately born with any skill, hence there is really no such thing as talent in that way. Just subjective opinions.
Plateauing is a thing. It comes from reaching the peak available with your current training environment and personal approach. You can break through without changing anything, but typically you need to change something unless you are patient (as in, like pyramids and sequoias).
Changing things is really called for, and if you're not going to change your gym that means change yourself. Consider breaking your training model--don't permit yourself to use your game, video your performance, start working with flashcards, ask your partners to do only positional sparring (my favorite), roll at 80% speed with white belts...do something different. These are just random suggestions; my last breakthrough came after a lot of time off (surgery) and a lot of thinking about my approach.
For a book on performance, consider Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise by Anders Ericsson. It's very readable and entertaining, and might give you perspective on how to approach your own training. Good luck.
Just regarding the "Time * Effort = Results", that's actually not true - all research on the subject says that's at best a correlation. The better description of the topic is summed up in a quote by Vince Lombardi, "Perfect Practice Makes Perfect": quality of practice, not quantity, makes you better at things.
The best book on the subject is Peak: specifically the parts about what they call "Deliberate Practice".
If any of you guys are interested in a good read on this topic (my opinion), there's a book called "Peak" by Anders Ericson that highlights the importance of the work of "deliberate practice".
I enjoyed the read and I think you may as well!
>in terms of perspective and proportion, is this where it's important to study anatomy? I know figure drawing and anatomy is something art students study, is that the reason why?
Absolutely, constructing forms and figures in perspective benefit immensely from understanding the bones and muscles underneath. It also lets you play with design more, exaggerating areas while keeping it natural looking. I wouldn't say it's as important if it's just for a single illustration though.
>Also, how do you practise art?? Sometimes I struggle to focus on one thing long enough to actually know what skill I'm practising.
That's tough to answer, for it depends on your goals and style you want to achieve. Deliberate practice is the best way I've found to practice to improve though. The easiest definition I could find was:
> Deliberate practice is intentional, aimed at improving performance, designed for your current skill level, combined with immediate feedback and repetitious.
However, there's a great book on the subject that I highly recommend. Because from personal experience, this book alone taught me how to practice effectively.
Hope this helps, good luck on your artistic journey
Its the theory of purposeful practice in motion. You can't just get better at a skill by playing the game. You have to break it down into steps and work at them individually. A lot of pro-sports players say they actually cut back on weight lifting or do a very limited form of it to attain the type of body they want while reducing the possibility of injury. In their world squatting 3x body weight or any big 3 lift doesn't matter if you don't have strong ball handling, endurance for consistent minutes played, and ability to bring home titles.
If anyone wants to read a book, Peak by Anders Ericsson, is a great book outlining the principle of purposeful training. People misconstrue it to be "Dedicate 10,000 hours to anything and you'll be great at that skill". But there is a huge difference between playing pick-up games for 10,000 hours versus using those 10,000 hours to work on the different facets of the game and learning how to properly incorporate them.
Set yourself small, achievable goals to extend your current ability incrementally and do that regularly.
The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle
Peak by K. Anders Ericcson
art has helped me a lot. I'm glad you found something creative, I wished someone had told me that art would help me when I was first diagnosed. here's a book that will help you with your painting journey. It has helped me with my music/math/programming/graphic arts journey.
This happens to me when I take a break from writing music. I have to write a couple of short practice songs to get back into it. breaks are a good thing. when Im burnt out from writing music I break for a a couple of weeks to a month; usually I turn my focus to another hobby and when I'm burnt out on that, I switch back to music. Here's a book that will help you get better at drawing or learning a new skill. You can probably find the audio version on amazon too. https://www.amazon.com/Peak-Secrets-New-Science-Expertise-ebook/dp/B011H56MKS/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=peak+in+books&qid=1617925365&sr=8-2
I read this book which pretty much talks about learning new skills. There is definitely something to be said about learning certain skills at a young age. However, the book pretty much says if you put in the effort, learn properly, you can do it. Especially for something like typing.
Polyrhythm Time -- A Bard's Tail is an interesting deconstruction of competence porn. (Despite the word tail in the title, it's not a furry fetish type story. He has a tail, but it's utilitarian.) The MC makes wildly suboptimal choices for surviving in another world because he's obsessed with drumming, but makes up for it by having a better than normal capacity for practice. This reminded me of a nonfiction book Peak I had recently read (and highly recommend), which is about how expertise forms.
Yeah, "Bounce" sounds pretty interesting, I'll have to look at it as well.
If you've not read "Peak" yet, it's written by Anders Ericsson, the guy whose research Malcolm Gladwell misunderstood when writing about the 10,000 rule/myth in "Outliers". In "Peak", Ericsson clears up a lot of the mistakes that Gladwell made when talking about the concept, and he focuses on how people can use deliberate practice, etc. In Ericsson's estimation, a shorter amount of deliberate practice is far more useful than just doing 10,000 hours of something just to do it. In other words, the quality is more important than the quantity.
There is also a great episode of the Freakonomics radio podcast about this very topic as well, I highly recommend it! to everyone! Here's a link